May 16

What you are about to see and hear will be celebrated by many — and — disturbing to others. A consumer-service for the masses has passed the Turing test: “The Turing test, developed by Alan Turing in 1950, is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. Turing proposed that a human evaluator would judge natural language conversations between a human and a machine designed to generate human-like responses.” (Wikipedia)  Watch the following four-minute, real-world demonstration of Google Duplex that is targeted to be part of Google Assistant. The era of HAL 9000 in the landmark 2001: A Space Odyssey has just begun…

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